Ilhan Omar's Daughter Suspended For Anti-Israel Encampment at Columbia

Brittany M. Hughes | April 18, 2024
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Barnard College in Manhattan has suspended Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s daughter after she and several other students created an “unauthorized encampment” at Columbia University to protest America's backing of Israel in its war against Hamas terrorists in Palestine.

In a post on social media, Isra Hirsi said she was one of three students given the temporary boot for squatting in the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment,” an illegal squatters camp they set up on the campus of Barnard's sister school, Columbia University.

“I’m an organizer with CU Apartheid Divest @ColumbiaSJP, in my 3 years at @BarnardCollege i have never been reprimanded or received any disciplinary warnings,” Hirsi tweeted. “I just received notice that i am 1 of 3 students suspended for standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide.”

Before her daughter was suspended, Omar, herself a rabid anti-Semite, had expressed "solidarity" with the anti-Israel protesters, tweeting Wednesday, “Columbia has always had an incredible history of students fighting for a more just world and it’s good to see that tradition continue. As NYPD surrounds young activists, I hope their concerns are heard by school administrators and they not be criminalized. In solidarity.”

Nothing in her tweet mentions her own daughter’s participation, though it’s hard to imagine that she wouldn’t have been aware of it. As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, the congresswoman hasn't commented on her daughter's suspension. 

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In a statement, Barnard College explained that both it and Columbia University gave the students plenty of warning that their encampment was not authorized. Barnard students were given written warnings by a Barnard official that anyone who remained in the camp after 9 p.m. Wednesday would be subject to suspension.

“This morning, April 18, we started to place identified Barnard students remaining in the encampment on interim suspension, and we will continue to do so,” the school wrote.

In response, Hirsi tweeted, "those of us in Gaza Solidarity Encampment will not be intimidated. we will stand resolute until our demands are met. our demands include divestment from companies complicit in genocide, transparency of @Columbia’s investments and FULL amnesty for all students facing repression."

Frankly, the school would have been well within their rights to tell the cops to arrest these fools and press as many charges as the book would allow, and the attention-seeking brats should be grateful that all they ended up with were a few days out of class.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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